Festival Dates 25th - 27th January, 2020

Which class is for me?

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This page is an overview of the different classes available for Festival of Sails 2020. This is not part of the Notice of Race and is only intended as a guide about the differences between the classes.

The boats that want to race on tight courses with multiple races each day will choose the Rating Series. There are three scoring options in the Rating Series IRC, AMS & TPR.

The not-so-flat-out racers will choose the cruising classes (Cruising AMS, Cruising with Spinnakers or Cruising Non-Spinnaker).

Having said that, though, all classes will be racing and the idea is to get to the finish line as fast as possible. Spinnakers are permitted (expected) in all classes except, of course, Cruising Non-Spinnaker, and the Passage + Twilight series.

Depending on the number of entries, it is expected that classes will be split into several smaller divisions so boats with similar speeds will be racing together.

RATING SERIES (IRC, AMS & TPR)

  • Handicapped using IRC, AMS & TPR
  • Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Racing over three days
  • Majority of races windward/leeward courses
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply

J/111

  • Must be in One Design trim with current class certificate
  • Competing off scratch – no handicaps
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Majority of races windward/leeward courses
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply for all races

SUPER 11

  • Open to entrants that comply with the Super 11 class rules
  • Super 11 boats are high performance boats carrying asymmetrical spinnakers, of approximately 11 metres (30 ft) in length.
  • Handicapped using AMS
  • Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Racing over three days
  • Majority of races windward/leeward courses
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply
  • Racing will also be combined in a performance Racing series, under EHC
  • For a link to the Super11 website, follow the link HERE

SPORTS BOATS

  • Handicapped using SMS (Sportsboat Measurement System) and Event Handicap (EHC)
  • Based out of RGYC for the three days of racing
  • Windward/leeward courses
  • AS Category 7 safety regulations apply

CRUISING AMS

  • Performance focus with a more social approach
  • Handicapped using AMS (certificate required) and/or EHC (performance based event handicap)
  • EHC adjusted after each race
  • Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Four races over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Fixed mark courses & passage racing
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply
  • Entrants are eligible to represent their home club for the prestigious ‘Advertiser Trophy’ under EHC

CRUISING WITH SPINNAKER

  • For cruising boats and skippers
  • Handicapped initially on previous/known performance for the boat (or type of boat)
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race
  • Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Four races over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Fixed mark courses & passage racing
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply

CRUISING NON-SPINNAKER

  • For cruising boats and skippers
  • No spinnakers permitted
  • Handicapped initially on previous/known performance for the boat or type of boat
  • Handicaps adjusted after each race
  • Can be split into divisions or individual classes if entrant numbers sufficient
  • Includes Passage Race (approx 36 nm)
  • Four races over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Fixed mark courses & passage racing
  • YA Category 5 safety regulations apply 

MULTI HULL

  • Handicapped using Offshore Multi-Hull Rule (OMR) & EHC
  • EHC adjusted after each race
  • Includes Passage Race (approx. 36 nm)
  • Four races over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Combination of fixed mark courses and passage racing
  • AS Category 5 safety regulations apply

TRAILABLE YACHT SERIES

  • Open to Trailable yachts which meet Level Cat 7 of the AS Special regulations.
  • Handicapped on Class Based Handicap (CBH) and Event Handicap (EHC)
  • Does not includes Passage Race
  • Four races within Corio Bay over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Boats competing must have documentation to show class compliance

PASSAGE + TWILIGHT SERIES

  • This series is open to boats owned by members of the RGYC and is additionally open to boats from other Clubs whose owners/skippers have never entered a boat in the Festival of Sails or who last entered prior to the 2016 event.
  • Boats shall sail with a main and jib only.
  • This class is to allow new and returning skippers, and RGYC members, to participate at the Festival of Sails as an introductory offer. 

CORIO BAY CLASS SERIES

  • Open to all yachts which meet Level Cat 7 of the AS Special Regulations.
  • Handicapped on Class Based Handicap (CBH) and Event Handicap (EHC)
  • Includes a Passage Race around Corio Bay, to coincide with finishing with the Melbourne fleet.
  • Four races over three days, including the Twilight race
  • Fixed mark courses & passage racing
  • Can be split into divisions, individual classes, or spinnaker/non-spinnaker classes if sufficient entrant numbers

** A number of the classes will be handicapped using IRC and AMS. Boats not having the appropriate certificate can get one (usually fairly easily but allow plenty of time) by contacting the Australian Sailing National Authority:

Australian Sailing – Ratings Manager, Matteo Zuppini
Direct Phone: (02) 8424 7441 or email: matteo.zuppini@sailing.org.au

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